Deli Paper is marvelously versatile, working well with all types of media. My initial foray into using it with Alcohol Inks was accidental, but it turned into a fortunate mistake once I realized how cool the inks behaved on the paper. One of the major differences between using other types of paint or ink with Deli Paper are that the solvent base in the Alcohol Inks causes the color to penetrate right into the fibers of the paper. Some Deli Paper has a waxy coating on one side and it has no effect as far as I have seen; the Alcohol Ink penetrates it too.
Because Alcohol Inks are a dye based transparent product, they cause what is almost a stained glass look when combined with Deli Paper. It becomes translucent when the ink penetrates the fibers, taking on a wonderfully luminous appearance. Color can be layered, one over the other, and metallic Alcohol Inks work well too, though they are not transparent so provide a different look.
The best part about Alcohol Inks? You’re not limited to using them alone on your Deli Papers. Once they’re dry, add your usual suspects in whatever order you wish. Paints and sprays, brayered or spritzed. Bring on the stencils, stamps, and markers! You’ll find everything is fair game and can be used to add interest to your papers.
When you’re satisfied that they’re finished, it’s time to turn your attention to using the papers. In the video you’ll see me offer several suggestions; simple but effective ways to tear, cut, and punch strips and shapes. If you use gel medium to adhere the pieces to your surface you’ll see that the uncolored, plain areas of the paper practically vanish into the background. This is why I’m so fussy about which Deli Paper I use. They’re not all created equally. Some are very white and opaque and while you can work with them, don’t expect the same translucency when applying the pieces to a surface.
Both styles of our Deli Paper, plain and stripey, offer that transparency. Links to them and other supplies are right under the block where you see the video. If you’re of a mind to shop, take advantage of the January Savings where you can save as much as $30 in addition to the 15% Every Day Discount.
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